ArtCenter College of Design is one of the planet's foremost institutions of higher learning, offering Bachelor's and Master's degrees in multiple art and design disciplines, from fine art to automobile (mobility) design, to film and photography, to interactive media design, environmental design, and numerous others. Its graduates are integral in shaping world visual culture.
The college has two Pasadena campuses, and multiple public galleries including the Williamson Gallery at its hillside campus above the Rose Bowl, and the Mullin Gallery at its south campus near the Pasadena power plant. Also located at the south campus is the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Topography (HMCT) Gallery. And in Los Angeles near 4th and Main, the College runs its ArtCenter DTLA gallery.
By checking out ArtCenter on Virtual ArtNight, visitors will be able to experience featured content from all the above curated spaces — which in normal non-Covid times are open to the public free of charge:
ArtCenter DTLA presents Eli Smith, in supportive exchange with Love’s Remedies, in “Today Is Your Birthday”, an inquiry into the labor of both forgetting and remembering across generations. This series of scripted spaces, closed to the public and shared virtually, together forms an absurd odyssey of epic proportions. Painstakingly recreated, photo-realistic environments collide with psychological landscapes, stage sets, and sculptural elements, effectively encapsulating two hundred years of events within the minutiae of one simultaneously mundane and exquisitely precious moment.
Check out this cool video of installing the latest Billboard Graphics at HMCT. The inaugural exhibition displays the typographic work of MGx students from the class of Prof. Ty Drake.
Julia Christensen: Upgrade Available, installed in the Mullin Gallery, may be best experienced from the front windows of 1111 S. Arroyo Parkway…in the evenings! The exhibition is brightly lit with QR codes linking to descriptions and detailed views of works in each series, alternate installation views, and related content on the exhibition web page. Walk up to the windows to experience the exhibition in person if you happen to be in the neighborhood.
The project was realized with the support of LACMA Art + Technology, with updates on their blog, Unframed. At the south end of the space are living plants, fitted with sensors and sub-woofers, that serve as prototypes for the Tree of Life: an interstellar mission concept developed in conjunction with scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) that investigates longevity and obsolescence.
What's the connection between the personal and the universal? Between art and science? In SKY Stories: Cosmologists Occupy an Art Space, three cosmologists immerse themselves in SKY, a virtual and physical exhibition in ArtCenter's Williamson Gallery. The exhibition's artworks become a portal through which the scientists explore how the sky and other elements in the natural world led to their chosen careers studying the cosmos for truths both scientific and poetic.